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Prayer for Canonization of Venerable Fulton J Sheen – Never Give Up!

23 April 2017

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s Cause for Canonization appears to have new life, so we ask our readers to please continue to pray this official prayer for his canonization. We ask that you pray it daily for God’s Will to be done.

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Prayer for Canonization of Venerable Fulton J Sheen

Heavenly Father, source of all holiness, You raise up within the Church in every age men and women who serve with heroic love and dedication. You have blessed Your Church through the life and ministry of Your faithful servant, Archbishop Fulton J Sheen. He has written and spoken well of Your Divine Son, Jesus Christ, and was a true instrument of the Holy Spirit in touching the hearts of countless people.

If it be according to Your Will, for the honor and glory of the Most Holy Trinity and for the salvation of souls, we ask You to move the Church to proclaim him a saint. We ask this prayer through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Imprimatur:

+Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C., Bishop of Peoria
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Bishop McElroy has embraced the “Spirit” of #SaulAlinsky

24 February 2017

Bishop Robert McElroy: his transformation into a partisan political agent of PICO
by Barona at his blog, Toronto Catholic Witness

Bishop Robert McElroy, who in early November, 2016 rigorously enforced political neutrality (even after Hilary Clinton came out in the final debate to openly underscore her unchanging militant support of partial-birth abortion) in his diocese.

His Excellency wrote in part to parishes, after a priest warned the faithful about voting for pro-abortion candidates:

“Let me stress again that while we have a moral role to play in explaining how Catholic teaching relates to certain public policy issues, we must not and will not endorse specific candidates, use parish media or bulletins to favor candidates or parties through veiled language about selectively chosen issues, or engage in partisan political activity of any kind.”

The above Tweet for the Bishop’s Diocesan Twitter account leaves no doubt that the emphasis is on not getting involved in partisan politics.

However, once McElroy’s candidate(?) Hillary Clinton, was trounced by Donald Trump, the erstwhile prelate reversed his position and since late November has become a political agitator: in his words, he has become a “disruptor”.

At this very moment the United States is on the verge of exploding in violent insurgency. That a bishop calls for action and disruption without any call to ensure protest is peaceful is disgraceful.

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Bishop McElroy, are these YOUR WORDS? @DioceseSanDiego

22 February 2017

Bishop McElroy: His Address to the “World Meeting of Popular Movements” is an act of heresy and apostasy!
by Barona at his blog, Toronto Catholic Witness

Let us review the speech given to the “World Meeting of Popular Movements”. His speech is not reflective of a Catholic bishop, but that of a secular politician. His words could be those of a freemason. Our Lord Jesus Christ is mentioned only ONCE and that is conjunction with other false “faiths”, including the “prophet” Mohommed (whom the Catholic Church has always taught and continues to teach is a precursor of the Antichrist).
McElroy’s speech is nothing but “horizontal Christianity;, a false, secular, humanistic ideology that uses a few Christian words to trap the unwary. It is very interesting that this political speech was given before a number of extremely well paid lay “luminaries”, who draw enormous salaries as professional “do-gooders”. An example of a luminary was Carolyn Woo who was paid in excess of $2 million working for Catholic Relief Services. This organization, run by the USCCB, has received literally billions of US taxpayers money. They are but one of many. Follow the money dear reader and you will begin to understand why these apostate do-nothing bishops can rage over “immigration”, yet remain virtually silent on the horror of our time: abortion. (Toronto Catholic Witness remarks in RED)

MODESTO, Calif., Feb. 18, 2017 – The Most Rev. Robert W. McElroy, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, today delivered the following comments at the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements [funded by the Nazi-collaborating Jewish billionaire and vehement hater of the Catholic Church, George Soros. Nothing like taking money from the Jewish High Priest to re-crucify Christ in His Church] during a panel discussion on the barriers marginalized people face in housing and work.

Certainly a blistering expose of an apostate Bishop. One of many. Please click HERE to go to Toronto Catholic Witness for the rest of this explosive essay.

 



BREAKING NEWS FROM @TorontoCatholic Witness Blog: You JUST Can’t Make This UP!!

6 October 2016

From the blog of @TorontoCatholic

BREAKING: Bishop Johann Bunny is calling for the Catholic Church to give Special Blessings in the Roman Rite approving of Murder

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Bishop Johann Bunny – in solidarity with Bishop Johan Bonny’s call for the Catholic Church to formally accept as virtuous, holy and good, unnatural sexual vice (sodomy), adultery and fornication – is calling for an expansion of Catholic acceptance of the three other sins that cry to Heaven for vengeance. Bishop Bunny, in a press conference, stated the following:

“His Excellency Bishop Bonny in calling for the acceptance of homosexual activity as warranting the Church’s blessing should be extended to the three other grave sins that Sacred Scripture find repugnant and especially evil. I think it is very unjust for practicing homosexuals and adulterers to now be accepted and held up as virtuous, but murderers and defrauders of the poor to still be condemned and accused of sin”

Bishop Bonny was unavailable for comment when the “League of Persecuted Murderers”, the “International Association of Exploiters of the Poor” tried to reach his Office for comment.

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“No one has won anything here; we’ve all lost.”

2 May 2015
Despite announcing his resignation a week ago, Bishop Robert W. Finn will preside over the priestly ordinations of seven area deacons next month in the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese. Longtime critics of Finn expressed agitation over Finn’s continuing role in a diocese from which he stepped down under a cloud of scandal. | File photo by Rich Sugg rsugg@kcstar.com

Despite announcing his resignation a week ago, Bishop Robert W. Finn will preside over the priestly ordinations of seven area deacons next month in the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese. Longtime critics of Finn expressed agitation over Finn’s continuing role in a diocese from which he stepped down under a cloud of scandal. | File photo by Rich Sugg rsugg@kcstar.com

29 April 2015
Posted at the blog, “St. Louis Catholic

I am honored to be able to publish here the text of a letter from an unnamed priest, writing to Catholics about the resignation of His Excellency Robert Finn. It says it as well as it can be said. I have edited it slightly to remove some personal references; the substance is his:

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“As you all know, Bishop Finn has resigned … This comes after a long, bitter, nasty campaign by many of our brothers and sisters, who, for whatever reason, were convinced that he needed to go. … It is now, therefore, time to say a few things in the open during this time of sorrow for him, and for our diocese.

First of all, for the instigators of this unfortunate event, the issue was never the Ratigan affair. There were definitely mistakes made in handling the situation by people who, it turned out, were in over their heads, but there was never any malice, or impulse to cover up anything. I will not recount the story here, but I will say this: If this had happened on another, more popular bishop’s watch, the aftermath we have seen would not have occurred, because the motivation for the mob-scene that ensued was Bishop Finn’s fidelity to a classical concept of the church, not the cover-up of any misconduct.

For years before the bishop’s arrival, there had been in place a bleak outlook on the future shape of the church, a church without many priests, a church run “out of necessity” by laypeople, lay administrators, with priests as the sacramental suppliers, not leaders. It was said a lack of vocations was the reason for the new organizational principles adopted here, but, in fact, the lack of vocations was self-inflicted. Certain radicalized theologians and catechetical experts after the council had predicted a priest-less church, and some labored to bring this to fruition. In the’90’s in out diocese we sometimes had less than 5 seminarians in any given year, and this reality was used to prop up the idea that the post-Vatican II church was meant to be a new church, with a new organizational chart.

Bishop Finn, as most modern, younger bishops after the council, decisively rejected this depressive scenario, put much less money into programs established for the bleak future, and, instead, put money and resources into the development of priestly vocations, and we have seen the result. We will have 10 new priests in all this fiscal year, and have many in the past several years. Though we will ordain so many, we have more men applying right now than the number we’re ordaining.

People complain that these young priest candidates are conservative, and that the Vocations Office is recruiting only conservative seminarians. This is untrue. [The office has] never had an ideological litmus test for incoming students. What is true is that service in the church, dating back into the early ‘90’s, …was attractive to young men who loved the church, knew she was 2000 years old, loved her traditions and teachings, and hadn’t grown up in the ‘60’s time of turmoil. In other words, they were not, as a group, like their elders. And, as the men in my generation, they are allowed to be who they are. The vocations truly, were always there. The lack was in my generation’s insistence that the young men hold the same ideologies as we did. I saw many a young man turned away from the seminary in the early days for not having the “correct” leanings and attitudes. May God have mercy on us for our hubris and over-weaning pride.

Those who are celebrating now began their work long ago, not because of the Ratigan case, but because Bishop Finn rejected their view of church reality. He was an “arch-conservative,” “pre-Vatican II,” “trying to take us back to the medieval church,” all these bits of nonsense that covered up the real truth: Post-conciliar ego and pride, the belief that we finally knew more than those thousands of saints who had gone before us, had led to the destruction of much of our church, the loss of clergy and religious, compromise with the world, especially in moral matters, the endangering of our families and children, and our own spiritual bankruptcy.

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A Walkoff Grand Slam Post About the Synod

23 October 2014

The Synod of Excess
by Elizabeth Westhoff
at the Blog of the Saint Louis Review of the Archdiocese of St. Louis
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While I understand that the family is the core of the Church and by strengthening the family you strengthen the Church, and while I appreciate the fact that it is important for the Magisterium to look at the family in the 21st century, reading all the reports coming out of Vatican City, I became acutely aware of the fact that, what seemed to be the main points of discussion in the morass that, from all external appearances, was that Synod, are all issues rooted in excess.

What was being discussed at the Synod: divorce, remarriage, homosexuality, are all symptoms of a culture that is living beyond its means, beyond its capacity to control itself, and is bemoaning its own self-inflicted injurious acts, with the Synod acting as a Band-Aid–letting enough air pass through to allow a scab to form over a wound, but not doing anything to address the scar that will be left behind in the aftermath.

While the Magisterium was treating these issues of excess with kid gloves, while there were Princes of the Church giving rise to scandal instead of defending the teachings of our faith, while the Vatican Communications Office was releasing documents that read as if they were translated by Google Translate, and media gleefully reporting on all of it as if it were a trashy reality show, Christians around the globe continued being slaughtered by hate-filled zealots simply because they exist.

For the rest of the best post on the Synod please click HERE

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LizzieBElizabeth Westhoff is the Director of Marketing & Mission Awareness Archdiocese of St. Louis. A new media Catholic. Writes the Pop Culture Catholic Blog for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Daughter of St. Francis de Sales.
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SynodWatch14: Bishop Morlino gets it and @CatholicLisa does also!

6 October 2014

Bishop Morlino: The real underlying issue of the synod is the mind-body split

posted By Lisa Graas
at her Blog, LisaGraas.com

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Last night, I watched a video of Bishop Morlino’s speech at Institute of Catholic Culture on the topic of the upcoming synod on the family. In the speech, he gives voice to the core reality of Christian life that I have been trying to preach from my little housetop in the context of identity in Christ. Identity in Christ is just one of the many teachings involving Christian family life that are denied by what Bishop Morlino refers to as the “mind-body split.” The mind-body split is essentially a relativist claim. It is claimed that what you believe in your mind is the reality that you must live, that there is not objective reality that you must adhere to.
Watch the video here.

Excerpt from Bishop Morlino’s speech, emphasis mine:

I used to tell college students all the time in the Seventies and the Eighties, the mind-body split is going to ruin society, and we’re getting close. We’re a lot closer now than we were in the Seventies and the Eighties.
So, Familiaris Consortio, the nuptial meaning of the body, the sacredness of the one flesh union, the place of God’s presence where he can indeed step in and create new life; a space, the one flesh union that belongs to God in a very special way.
The Instrumentum Laboris for the synod. What is an Instrumentum Laboris? It means the outline of the work we’re going to do. The Instrumentum Laboris is not a document that offers Catholic teaching. It’s an agenda for a meeting. This is what we’re going to talk about this October when the synod gets together.
bishop morlino offering EF MassIt’s an extraordinary synod. It means all the presidents of the bishops’ conferences throughout the world and a small group of others that the Holy Father appoints. An extraordinary synod is different from a general synod. When we have the general synod in 2016, we bishops get to elect other bishops besides the president of the conference to go. It’s bigger. So this extraordinary synod that’s coming up in October is preparatory for another larger synod to be held in a year, 2016.
So, this is the agenda for the meeting. These are the questions that we want to talk about, and they’re all the questions with regard to the family that we’ve discussed so far, and then some. There are more issues to be brought up, but the real underlying issue of the synod which just stays beneath every question and every topic is the mind-body split, and if one were to read the Instrumentum Laboris that way, you see that it’s about many different issues, but in the end it’s about one thing, the relationship of the human mind to the truth. Whether human freedom is meant to dominate nature and biology, or whether human reason should be accountable to nature, and so direct freedom according to the Natural Law.

Please go to Lisa’s site by clicking HERE to finish the article before listening to Bishop Morlino’s speech. This truly is the best starting place before listening to any of the information coming out of the Synod. Bishop Morlino is my Bishop and I know that his mission is a clarion call for Catholics to be faithful to Truth…no matter what.


AlwaysCatholic wishes “Ad Multos Annos” to Our Shepherd, Bishop Robert Morlino

21 September 2014

21 September 2014 A.D.

For many years I have not had the luxury of a Bishop who was clear about Catholic Teaching, cared about his flock and had a backbone. I know this may sound a little on the snarky side but Truth is Truth. Finally a few years ago I had an opportunity to move to the great state of Wisconsin.

The reasons I decided to move here were varied but the deciding factor was the Bishop of the Diocese of Madison, WI. Not a stranger to criticism from the secular world and of course, Catholics who think they know more than the Church Herself, His Escellency Robert C. Morlino is the type of Bishop all Roman Catholics really need.

I have had the pleasure of meeting our Bishop quite spontaneously on several occasions, and he took the time to have a wonderful conversation with me. He is like an Uncle or a family friend who truly enjoys your company. A great listener, he never acts like he doesn’t have time to speak to the least of us.

The portrayal of this kind and generous man in the press is as if they are speaking about someone else. That is because he will not back down on teaching the Truth as he always does in Charity.

He calls himself a teacher and that is exactly what he has done here in Madison. Madison, Wisconsin probably battles San Francisco as the most progressive city in the country. The wisdom of Holy Mother Church provided, as we have one of the most orthodox Catholic Bishops in the world here, where he is needed most.

The thing I truly love about Bishop Morlino is how he is not afraid to teach us Truth and also how that in itself that IS love. His Jesuit training has not been a source of pride as with many Jesuits I have known, but is the source of his humility. Truly a son of Ignatius of Loyola in the truest sense.

His love of the understanding of aesthetics is what makes him him truly understand the sacredness of beauty in the Church and in particular, the Holy Mass. His love of the Extraordinary Form wrankles those who don’t allow their minds to this understanding.

A bishop like Robert Morlino will be persecuted because he is a man of Truth and of courage. His fearlessness ironically brings out fear in others. There are those whom either don’t believe in God, in Truth or take a simplistic view of God and a democratic notion of what the Church is supposed to do. Moral relativists cringe at the thought of a man, a priest, a bishop like ours. Their only answer is to personally attack.

morlino offering Latin MassHere is where Bishop Morlino truly serves God and his flock. He never personally attacks. He never speaks in negatives. He battles on in joy and in love. He is the father some of us wished we have had. He is the type of man, who is a spiritual head of his family, like most wives wished their husbands were. He is the family member we all would be proud to call family. By Our Lord calling him to a priestly vocation, Bishop Morlino can love all of us altruistically and lead us (if we are willing) to our place among the Saints.

This is a vocation fully lived. This is what doing God’s Will means. No excuses, full of joy. Fearless.

Someone once said to me about the priesthood and Religious Life concerning chastity and celibacy this statement,
“You know, all that Catholic celibacy and chastity stuff is not natural.” I said, “You are correct, it isn’t.” Shocked, the person looked at me quizzically and I responded, “It’s supernatural, a gift of the Holy Spirit. It’s love at its’ truest form, fraternal love. The giving of one life for others.” The person shook their head and walked away.

His Excellency understands what I am saying, for sure.

God love you Your Excellency, on this great day of your Anniversary. Ad Multos Annos!


Cardinal Dolan vs the Saints, the Catechism and the Papal Theologian on ‘Gay’ Identity via @CatholicLisa

20 September 2014

Thank you to Lisa Graas for writing the Catholic and reasoned response to the “situation” in NY. I let my emotions get in the way and couldn’t respond in charity. She also can write and for the future I will be crossing posting from other blogs concerning tough topics in the Church.

I will only post the ones that I know from my education in our Faith are faithful to Our Lord and His Church’s Teachings. I do have a good command of theology, Church Teaching, etc. but not the writing skills to be able to teach what now must be taught. Writers like Lisa and others do have that ability. I defer to those who I know speak Truth.

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Posted at her blog, LisaGraas.com
19 September 2014 A.D.

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In order to become a saint in the Catholic Church, we are called to “die to self” wherein we empty ourselves of all that is not of God’s will so that we can become what He made us to be. No one is exempt from putting God’s will above his/her own will. This “dying to self” theology is central to Catholic teaching on the Cross of Christ, that we must unite ourselves with Him in it. It is what causes Catholics to give up their “self”-ish wants and desires and go and serve the poor and the otherwise marginalized. They “die to self” and go do God’s will. But now, Cardinal Dolan is preaching the opposite of this message in saying that one does not have to “die to self” anymore. He does this through promotion of the “gay identity” which is specifically contradicted by every saint who has ever written on homosexuality, not to mention the catechism and the papal theologian.
Cardinal Dolan writes in regard to his decision to be Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade which will include groups who identify as “gay”:

  • Catholic teaching is clear: “being Gay” is not a sin, nor contrary to God’s revealed morals.

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  • So, while actions are immoral, identity is not!

That is false. First, let’s look at the catechism, which no Catholic may knowingly preach against, most especially our bishops.

  • CCC 2333: Everyone, man and woman, should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity. Physical, moral, and spiritual difference and complementarity are oriented toward the goods of marriage and the flourishing of family life. The harmony of the couple and of society depends in part on the way in which the complementarity, needs, and mutual support between the sexes are lived out.

Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which all Catholics are bound also, in discipline, not to preach against:

  • The human person, made in the image and likeness of God, can hardly be adequately described by a reductionist reference to his or her sexual orientation. Every one living on the face of the earth has personal problems and difficulties, but challenges to growth, strengths, talents and gifts as well. Today, the Church provides a needed context for the care of the human person when she refuses to consider the person as a “heterosexual” or a “homosexual” and insists that every person has a fundamental Identity: the creature of God, and by grace, his child and heir to eternal life.

Rev. Wojciech Giertych is the papal theologian. As such, his job is to “review the texts given to the Pope for his speeches for theological accuracy.” This is what he says about “gay” identity in an interview with LifeSiteNews:

  • “…in the American language you have a distinction between the word ‘homosexual’ and ‘gay’. A homosexual is a person who has, to some extent, this homosexual condition. Somebody may have this difficulty, and his friends, his neighbors will not know about this. He’s dealing with this in cooperation with the grace of God and may come out of this difficulty and come back to normal human relationships. Sometimes adolescents, at the moment when their sexual sensibility is appearing, if they have been distorted by others they go through a phase of difficulty in this field. But as they mature they will grow out of it. Whereas a ‘gay’ is somebody who says, ‘I am like this, I will be like this, I want to be treated like this, and I want special privileges because I am like this.’ Now if somebody is not only homosexual, but a gay, declaring, ‘This is how I am, and I want this to be respected legally, socially and so on’ – such a person will never come out of the difficulty.”

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How Do We Solve a Problem Like Maria (oops) DOLAN? I TOLD YOU SO…

9 September 2014

9 September 2014 A.D.

Timothy Cardianl Dolan has been in the news lately and everyone who has a “Catholic” blog has taken a view on this latest round of Dolan’s quite interesting take on things. I decided to read most of the really insightful blog posts before I prayed to respond. Yes, I did pray and I know many will not like the “tone” of my response but sadly I do not care to please people. I care that they get to heaven.

Several years ago, November 27, 2010 to be exact, I wrote a post titled, “How Do We Solve a Problem Like Maria (oops) DOLAN?” about Timothy Cardinal Dolan who had been elected President of the USCCB. Many media outlets claimed it was a victory for “conservative” Catholics (I refuse to label Catholics conservative or liberal…it’s either orthodox or heterodox.) I wasn’t very sure at the time. He showed me a few things which left me feeling uncomfortable. One of which I address below. Here is part of what I wrote:

A few months back I was watching one of my beloved movies from childhood, “The Sound of Music”. I loved the part when the nuns sing “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” Maria, of course, is the main character who is as much as a handful as you can get in a monastery full of strict nuns. Her personality, as the Mother Superior realizes, was made and loved by God Himself. It was that very personality that found her true vocation.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan seems to be a more complete version of Maria von Trapp. Where Maria leaves the Religious life to answer her true vocation, Archbishop Dolan clearly knows where his vocation is. However, Dolan is like Maria in one way…His personality is larger than life and full of joy.

Believe me this is not a bad thing. To the contrary, a loving, fun, exciting personality is a joyous thing in a vocation to the priesthood and Religious Life. Only one problem (spoken from experience) there is a time for joy and laughter but there is also a time for reverence and awe.

In the movie, Maria shows her true awe and reverence at her Nuptial Mass. Ironic, since she was already living the Religious Life and had access to the Mass everyday. It took just the right place in life for Maria to understand decorum , awe and reverence.

Now given that analogy, here is my opinion : (yeah I know that and $5 will buy you a cup of coffee) wWhen the election for the President of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference took place EVERYBODY on the Catholic Blogosphere was soooo excited and I published Lisa Graas piece because she was the most sensible. Her post follows my comments)

I like Archbishop Dolan BUT (and there always is a but) I was not impressed with the very,very informal way he handled himself in the sanctuary and at the Mass. I appreciate his demeanor and it is necessary to have people like him and many like ourselves with outgoing personalities to get this orthodox Catholic thing going…

But…in the sanctuary there are no room for personalities…I prefer the Extraordinary Form of the Holy Mass because the ONLY place a priests personality comes through is at the homily. He worships facing east with us as he offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and it is not about him… Well, enough ranting about that…

I was pleased that Bishop Kincanas didn’t get it (Deo Gratias) although I still had reservations about Archbishop Dolan. Now, we will see… I hope I don’t have to come back again soon and say I told you so.

I TOLD YOU SO.

Here is why Timothy Cardinal Dolan is a problem.

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  • 1. He is a people pleaser. When he was in Milwaukee we have evidence of that from many occasions but the photo to the right should explain it all. Please notice that he is in a chasuable at the pulpit at an outdoor Mass which he was the celebrant. At the very least, the St. Louis born prelate was playing to the crowd of Packer fans. Definitely a no-no in Wisconsin. In addition, Wisconsin is very serious about their Catholicism (the majority) and stunts like this while in vestments for Mass is not looked up as appropriate.

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  • 2. Cardinal Dolan and his backslapping routine with Mr.Obama at the Al Smith Dinner. As much as I would like to just say no to the function, it is a charity that is Catholic and that truly helps the neediest among us. He could have smiled and acted appropriately for his office instead of acting like he was hanging out at the bar with the guys. His laxity in decorum constantly reaffirms an approval when it shouldn’t.
  • 3.The flap over body of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen.Here is a topic being a ardent follower of Venerable Fulton J Sheen that I will not elaborate on because I have been accused by some on Twitter of being biased against Dolan. Well, all things considered, I could be, but that’s not the case. There’s alot behind this, trust me it has nothing to do with my opinion of Dolan. Things ain’t kosher in the Archdiocese of NY to start with. Again, part of the problem, not the solution.
  • 4. The ridiculous situation with the possible closing of Holy Innocents Church in Manhattan. Besides being the only place in the city to be able to attend the Extraordinary Form, the parish is booming, in the black financially and that’s after a $700k restoration on not only a beautiful church, but an historic landmark in NYC.When is a parish which has no debt, has been completely restored from the private donations of Mass attendees and is packing them in even on Holy Days of Obligation would ever be considered for closure? Obviously only in the Archdiocese of NY where problems continue to fester year after year. (Hint: Many, many priests have asked to be incardinated elsewhere.)
  • 5.The naive belief of Dolan believing that after having a meeting with Mr. Obama concerning the HHS Mandate that Religious Liberty would not be sacrificed over the Mandate. Really, Your Eminence, did you really believe that? I can’t believe you were picked to be the Cardinal in New York of all places if you believe that.
  • 6.The best reason of all now has surfaced to make my point about Cardinal Dolan being “a problem”. Hs inane, milquetoast response to the press release concerning the Hibernians allowing homosexuals to march in the age-old Irish parade which is not run by the Church but identifies with Catholic culture from the very name of the Saint it honors to the Catholic faith of the Irish which is inseparable from this show of so-called, unity. Read it for yourself here:

 

Dolan at ParadeCardinal Dolan Statement on St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2015September 3, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2014

CARDINAL DOLAN STATEMENT ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 2015

Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, released the following comment today on the 2015 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade:

“The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee continues to have my confidence and support. Neither my predecessors as Archbishop of New York nor I have ever determined who would or would not march in this parade (or any of the other parades that march along Fifth Avenue, for that matter), but have always appreciated the cooperation of parade organizers in keeping the parade close to its Catholic heritage. My predecessors and I have always left decisions on who would march to the organizers of the individual parades. As I do each year, I look forward to celebrating Mass in honor of Saint Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, and the Patron Saint of this Archdiocese, to begin the feast, and pray that the parade would continue to be a source of unity for all of us.”

IT GETS BETTER!!! Timothy Cardinal Dolan is scheduled to be the Grand Marshal at this very event March 17, 2015! Will someone tell him he is in deep trouble spiritually (I don’t care if he is a Cardinal, I’m not judging him, I’m judging his behavior which is a breeding ground for serious sin.) Why? Because I have been there and because Thomas Aquinas has written voluminously on the subject) No kidding. If I am criticized for this, oh well, I care about his soul.

 

  • As if that’s not enough, a good priest (whom I am familiar with from living in Washington DC years ago) made the critical mistake of trying to help the faithful with a blogpost concerning ending the association with the parade from a Catholic standpoint. Monsignor Charles Pope, a pastor in DC and who writes regularly for the blog of the Archdiocese of Washington was censored summarily after his honest post concerning the behavior associated with the parade. Probably his boss got a whiff of Cardinal Dolan being upset with the post. Dolan has a history of being thin-skinned whether the faithful believe it or not. He is long known for getting irritated with anyone who dares to criticize or in good faith fraternally correct him on anything. Here’s the now-famously scrubbed post, saved by the guys over at Rorate Caeli so we can see for ourselves what Monsignor Pope really said. Thanks, guys!From Rorate Caeli:

    From Now, a mere commonsensical post apparently (apparently) brought down the entire website of the Archdiocese of Washington. [Update: removal confirmed.] So, here is the text, dated September 3, 2014, once available here:

    Time to End the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Al Smith Dinner?
    By: Msgr. Charles Pope

    The time for happy-clappy, lighthearted engagement of our culture may be nearing an end. Sometimes it takes a while to understand that what used to work no longer works. Let me get more specific.

    Decades ago the “Al Smith Dinner” was a time for Republicans and Democrats to bury the hatchet (even if only temporarily) and come together to raise money for the poor and to emphasize what unites us rather than what divides us. But in the old days the death of 50 million infants was not what divided us. We were divided about lesser things such as how much of the budget should go to defense and how much to social spending. Reasonable men might differ over that.

    But now we are being asked to raise toasts and to enjoy a night of frivolity with those who think it is acceptable to abort children by the millions each year, with those who think anal sex is to be celebrated as an expression of love and that LGBTQIA… (I=intersexual, A= Asexual) is actually a form of sanity to which we should tip our hat, and with those who stand four-square against us over religious liberty.

    Now the St. Patrick’s Parade is becoming of parade of disorder, chaos, and fake unity. Let’s be honest: St. Patrick’s Day nationally has become a disgraceful display of drunkenness and foolishness in the middle of Lent that more often embarrasses the memory of Patrick than honors it.

    In New York City in particular, the “parade” is devolving into a farcical and hateful ridicule of the faith that St. Patrick preached.

    It’s time to cancel the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Al Smith Dinner and all the other “Catholic” traditions that have been hijacked by the world. Better for Catholics to enter their churches and get down on their knees on St. Patrick’s Day to pray in reparation for the foolishness, and to pray for this confused world to return to its senses. Let’s do adoration and pray the rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet unceasingly for this poor old world.

    But don’t go to the parade; stay away from the Al Smith Dinner and all that “old school” stuff that hangs on in a darkened world. And as for St Patrick’s Day, it’s time to stop wearin’ the green and instead take up the purple of Lent and mean it. Enough of the celebration of stupidity, frivolity, and drunkenness that St Paddy’s day has become. We need penance now, not foolishness. We don’t need parades and dinner with people who scoff at our teachings, insist we compromise, use us for publicity, and make money off of us. We’re being played for (and are?) fools.

    End the St Patrick’s parade. End the Al Smith Dinner and all other such compromised events. Enough now, back to Church! Wear the purple of Lent and if there is going to be a procession, let it be Eucharistic and penitential for the sins of this age.

    For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world!

    How say you?

    Well, well, well. A priest who isn’t afraid to preach the TRUTH. Reminds me of a Saint who preached centuries ago who converted an island of pagans to be a Catholic force to be reckoned with. Hmmmm? Can we all guess who that Saint is?

    I guess the powers that be over at the Archdiocese of Washington have a hard time with the TRUTH. Monsignor Pope apologized online, in humility and obedience and that’s part of what makes a priest holy. Cardinal Dolan are you listening?

    I will be shredded I am sure for ranting on about Cardinal Dolan but you know what? Too bad. I have to stand alone before Christ when I am judged and if I stand silent while priest, nuns and the hierarchy sin and lead the faithful astray, I am as guilty with them and deserve judgement on my soul. Blind obedience is truly heresy. It is. We were given free will but we are also called to form our conscience with that free will to obey God and to live the Truth. From nuns to even the Pope, if we are lead astray it is our duty to first pray (which I have done for Dolan since he has been in Milwaukee and continue to do even today) and then to fraternally correct. Yes, even those who are entrusted with the care of our souls. Perhaps many have confused being uncharitable with fraternal correction. This is something I struggle with. I am sure there’s a problem with my charity here and it is my weakness, this lack of charity but I LOVE MY CHURCH AND I WILL DEFEND HER! Even against those left with the responsibility of her.

    Here is a post from Monsignor Pope from Sunday Sept 7th after the saint Patrick’s post was deleted by the Archdiocese. Ironically the Gospel for this past Sunday deals with fraternal correction. Oh my! How the Holy Spirit provides!

    The Call to Fraternal Correction – A Homily for the 23rd Sunday of the Year

    By: Msgr. Charles Pope

    e live in times in which there is a widespread notion that to correct sinners is to “judge” them. Never mind that it is sin that we judge, not the sinner. Never mind that in accusing us of judging, the worldly-minded are themselves doing the very judging they condemn. Never mind any of that; the point of the charge is to seek to shame us into silence. And despite the fact that Scripture consistently directs us to correct the sinner, many Catholics have bought into the notion that correcting the sinner is “judging” him. In this, the devil, who orchestrates the “correcting is judging” campaign, rejoices; for if he can keep us from correcting one another, sin can and does flourish.

    Today’s gospel is an important reminder and instruction on why and how we should correct the sinner and be open to correction ourselves. Let’s look at in four steps.

    I. PRESCRIPTION – The text says, Jesus said to his disciples: “If your brother sins (against you), go and tell him.” I placed “against you” in parentheses because many ancient manuscripts do not contain this phrase, while others do. While some may want to limit this gospel to commanding correction only when someone sins “against you,” none of the other texts we will review contain this restriction and so the phrase seems superfluous. For the purpose of this reflection, I will favor those manuscripts that do not include the phrase “against you.”

    Now, therefore, observe the brief but clear advice that when we see someone in sin, we ought to talk with him or her about it. Many prefer, probably due to sloth, to say, “It’s none of my business what other people do.” But Jesus clearly teaches otherwise.

    In teaching this way, Jesus is obviously speaking to the general situation. Some distinctions are helpful and admissible in specific situations. For example, one is generally more obliged to correct people in grave matters than in less serious ones. One is more compelled to correct those who are younger than those who are older. One is more obligated to correct subordinates, less so superiors. Parents are strongly duty-bound to correct their children, but children are seldom obligated to correct their parents. And so on. But the general rule remains: all other things being equal, there is an obligation to engage in Christian correction. Jesus says, “If your brother sins, talk to him about it.”

    For the rest of the homily from Monsignor Pope, please click HERE

    In closing, to those who will be happy that I wrote this and will attack me for being intolerant, I say: :P


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